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Dollmaking Workshop

Ashwood Waldorf School is offering an opportunity to create a beautiful, soft doll in time for holiday giving on four Mondays evenings: Nov. 3, 10, 17, and Dec. 2. from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Ashwood’s early-childhood teacher, Beth Lunt, will provide free instruction, and guide participants in purchasing necessary materials.

Call or email to register (by October 20), or with any questions: 207.236.8021 info@ashwoodwaldorf.orgdoll

Seasonal Handwork Workshops

Creating beautiful handwork can enrich our connection with the changing seasons. Cherry Short-Lee, longtime parent-child class leader and one of Ashwood’s founders, has offered to share her enthusiasm and expertise with parents of children ages 18-36 months, with or without their children, this fall. In three sessions, October 7, 14, and 21, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., learn to create grapevine wreaths and decorate them with natural materials to reflect the changing seasons. Sessions are free of charge; fee for materials is $5.00.

Register no later than October 2 by phoning or emailing Judith Soleil: 236-8021 ext. 105; info@ashwoodwaldorf.org
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Education Innovator Nancy Harris Frohlich Joins Ashwood’s Board

Nancy Harris Frohlich

Nancy Harris Frohlich

Ashwood Waldorf School is pleased to announce that prominent educator Nancy Harris Frohlich has joined its Board of Trustees.

It was a chance encounter with a 12-year-old Ashwood student that led to Frohlich’s association with the 28-year-old independent school.

Each year, Ashwood participates with other area schools in the student art exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. While attending the exhibit, Harris fell into conversation with Michael Frampton, then a Fifth Grader at Ashwood Waldorf School and one of the student exhibitors.

Impressed with Michael’s ability to talk about his artistic process, Frohlich decided to attend a presentation at Ashwood featuring the school’s Eighth Grade Projects. These annual projects integrate art, technology, engineering, writing, and design within the context of a yearlong mentoring relationship with a professional in the field of endeavor.

Detail of the painting

Detail of the painting

Frohlich, a lifelong proponent of art in education, recognized a kindred spirit in her encounters with Ashwood. “Art inspires kids to become adventurous thinkers,” Frohlich reflected in her blog. “It teaches them to plunge into problem solving, breaking the whole into manageable parts. It invites them to apply and deepen their understanding in virtually every curricular area—in particular in math, engineering, and science.”

A teacher and educator since 1972, Nancy Harris Frohlich has a Master of Education in Child Development from Tufts University.

Frohlich was head of school at The Advent School, Boston, for 17 years. During her tenure there, she oversaw major renovations to the classroom facilities, developed and documented the curriculum, founded the school’s early childhood program, and established after-school and summer programs.

Prior to her work at The Advent School, Frohlich served for 20 years at the Charles River School as director of studies, coordinator of lower grades, and teacher of first and third grades. From 1979 to 2012, Frohlich directed teacher workshops in thematic education for schools.

In 2013 Frohlich founded ArtWorks, “a center for research and collaboration to promote the teaching of thinking through art.” She is an advisory board member at the Charles River School and The Advent School.

Ashwood Alumni to Perform at Summer Venues

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Two summer concerts are coming up that feature some of our talented Ashwood alumni!

Mostly Brothers at the Locavore Festival: On Saturday, July 13, Mostly Brothers (Jamie Oshima ’12, Sean Oshima ’08, Alex Wilder ’08) will appear at the the Locavore Festival in Waldoboro Maine, at Cider Hill Farm. There is music and food all day, and their set is from 2–3 p.m.

Round Pond Family Concert with the Oshima Brothers. On Wednesday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m. there will be a concert at the Little Brown Church, Route 32, Round Pond, featuring the Oshima Brothers, with special guests—their parents (also known as Toki Oshima and John Pranio). Bring a cushion as the pews are hard. For more information call 207-549-3820.

Sean Oshima, Alex Wilder, and Jamie Oshima, three “almost” brothers are multi-instrumentalists and singers. The trio has been performing theater and music together since before they knew how to tie their shoes. Their tight harmonies have, on occasion, been reported to make passersby swoon. They will feature many original songs as well as rocking covers.

Surrounded by Music

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One of the great joys of teaching at Ashwood is being surrounded by music almost everywhere I turn.

Walking the halls of the Grade School building is often like taking a musical tour of the world. The younger children play soaring tunes on their flutes and recorders. Morning math games echo in the halls with rhythmic taps, claps and stomps. The 4th & 5th Grade Chorus makes a joyful sound, indeed–pure voices strong and true. And then there are the strings, fiddling their bouncy tunes. I’m might also hear an odd French Canadian folk song, a beguiling round, or a silly jingle.

I have had the pleasure of teaching Ashwood’s Middle School Chorus this year. We started with folk songs, ranging from classic Americana like the Carter Family, to contemporary songwriters like M. Ward, and we sprinkled in a few Beatles songs for fun.

These were sung first in unison, and we then worked on harmony and upped the complexity of the music bit by bit. Some of our singers have even added their own sophisticated harmonies to jazz up our arrangements.

We have sung pieces from Africa, France, Russia, and England. We’ve sung gospel music, Civil Rights music, classic rock and roll, and some songs simply beyond category. I wish everyone could experience those moments when the Chorus is truly feeling the music, filling up the room with their youthful voices.

Please join the Middle School Chorus, as well as the 4th & 5th Grade Chorus and our String Ensembles, on May 22, 6 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House for our Spring Concert!

If you have a child performing at the event, we ask that he or she arrives at 5:15 p.m. in assembly dress. Students should have an early supper before arriving for the concert.

Thinking About Art

Eighth Grade Projects

Building a pedal-powered ice cream maker

Ashwood’s art program features prominently in Nancy Harris Frohlich’s May 7 blog Thinking About Art. In it she refers to her experiences with Ashwood students and families at the opening exhibition of the CMCA student art show as well as her impressions of the Eighth Grade Projects at our recent open house: “These young thinkers were solving authentic problems, and through this project they learned about the process of solving more complex and challenging problems – the kind they would face in adulthood.”

More: Eighth Grade Project Night